Articles by Laura Ness

About Laura Ness
Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

Mosley returns to Cinnabar

Cinnabar, one of the most established brands in Santa Clara County, is under new ownership. What began three decades ago as the dream of Cinnabar’s founder, Tom Mudd (1942-2007), continues in the capable hands of Ron Mosley, the original vineyard manager for the Santa Cruz [...]

Sipping for a cause

With a 21-year history of raising funds for local charities, the South Valley Wine Auction invites the community to enjoy a lineup of wineries, restaurants and auction items on Saturday, May 18 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. Pamala Meador, president of the [...]

Acres of green at Verde Vineyards

It doesn’t get more green and lush than this Gilroy spot out on Buena Vista Avenue, directly across from colorful Satori Cellars. George and Lynda Green, who met and still work in the medical field, bought this property for its tranquil setting and views, not really thinking [...]

Passport temptations

The weather may feel a season away from spring, but come Mar. 1, the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley begin their month-long Spring Passport event [...]

Winemaker earns honors

The new year got off to a golden start for Solis Winery in Gilroy, as they came home from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with two gold medals and four silvers for their wines. This continues what has been an impressive streak of award-winning vintages for the [...]

Sweet pairings

Celebrating the month of love with chocolate, wine, roses and fancy dinners is easy in the South Valley. Church Creek Cellars will hold a wine and truffle pairing Feb. 2-3, and Calerrain will hand out roses Feb. 9-10. Alara plans a chocolate truffle pairing with Mariette [...]

Cab is king

It’s no surprise that cab is king, especially in cooler weather, when sitting by the fire takes on a romantic air. Want to give yourself or a cab lover in your life a set of special local cabernets this holiday season?  Here are a few to ponder. Aver Family’s 2014 [...]

All a-sparkle

One wants something light, effervescent and joyful to welcome the New Year. Queue the sparkling wine, along with Auld Lang Syne. While some strictly quaff Champagne from France for the holidays, many prefer domestic. If you want to fill your flute with local bubbles, several [...]

Dinner party

Want to toast with local wines as you sit down to your holiday feasts? Begin with the 2017 Guglielmo Grignolino Rosé and the 2016 Lion Ranch Grenache Blanc, move to a 2015 Aver Family Carignane, 2015 Alara Tempranillo or 2015 Medeiros Sangiovese and finish with a Thérèse [...]

Apricot Bliss

Few born before 1970, says author Lisa Prince Newman, will forget the endless magic carpet of white blossoms that once covered the Santa Clara Valley. Prunes, apricot, peach and cherries trees dominated what was then known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight, as far as the [...]
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